byThe Journey ContinuesBy Peter Yamamoto (San Francisco: National Japanese American Historical Society, 271 pp., $10.95, paperback)Peter Kenichi Yamamoto’s book of poetry, “The Journey Continues” (2020), marks the culmination of the life-labor of a poet and activist who dedicated his creative talents and generous spirit toward the betterment of his community and world.
Published posthumously by the National Japanese American Historical Society, the book is comprised of poems written between 2012-2018, pieces that follow Yamamoto’s first book of poetry, “Journey” (2012), and extend Yamamoto’s poetic pursuit of wisdom, self-realization, and personal and social justice.
Readers also encounter the great joys, longings and loves known by Yamamoto during his life.
Dedicated by the author to “those who are moving toward truth and the better welfare of all others,” the poems included in “The Journey Continues” will long affirm Yamamoto’s significance as part of the tradition of Nikkei writing, but they also possess a unique poignancy in light of the author’s meditations on mortality and the poet’s own passing in 2018.
While the poet’s life has now concluded, what remains are the journeys we, Yamamoto’s readers, will now take, and the many lessons to be learned from the life and times of poet Peter Kenichi Yamamoto.